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2024

Revisiting Malaysia’s biofuel roadmap

Hong recommends that the government reevaluate Malaysia’s biofuel roadmap by increasing biodiesel mandates and initiating a new bioethanol program, thereby leading towards a more environmentally friendly and sustainable future for the nation.

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THE ROLE OF BIOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS IN CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION
Hong shares his thoughts on how biological solutions could pave the way for a more sustainable future.

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Why STEM and TVET deserve your attention
Hong clarifies misconceptions about STEM and TVET, highlighting the importance of transferable skills that boost professional performance and open diverse opportunities for growth.

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School leavers: Don’t shun STEM and TVET courses
Hong dispels misconceptions about STEM and TVET, highlighting the significant value these fields contribute to our nation.

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A Letter to SPM Graduates (致SPM毕业生的信:重新思考STEM和TVET)

Hong provides guidance (in Chinese) to SPM graduates, addressing misconceptions about STEM and TVET careers while emphasizing their substantial contributions to innovation and economic growth.

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Malaysia's sustainable energy agenda
Hong shares his thoughts on Malaysia’s dedication to achieving net-zero emissions and transitioning towards cleaner energy sources.

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How to Upcycle Agricultural Biomass
Hong explores the potential of embracing biological solutions to convert agricultural biomass into valuable products, promoting both a circular economy and addressing climate change concerns.

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Time to relook how far palm oil leads to indirect land use change

Hong calls for a reevaluation of ILUC for palm oil to ensure accurate carbon intensity assessments. Neglecting this aspect overlooks palm oil’s true potential as a low ILUC-risk biofuel, hindering its ability to support global climate efforts.

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Circular economy initiative significant step in solid waste management

Hong applauds the government’s initiative to implement legislative reforms for integrating circular economy principles into nationwide solid waste management, highlighting the effective technological solutions for addressing waste challenges.

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Malaysia’s Pursuit Of Energy Transition In The Transportation Sector

Hong elaborates on the necessity for Malaysia to embrace a dual strategy integrating both electric vehicles and bioethanol. This approach is vital for effectively meeting the diverse needs of its populace and accelerating progress towards achieving net-zero emissions.

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How to Demagnetize the Magnet of All Garbage
Hong provides advice on how to refocus our minds from workplace distractions, enabling effective workload management and mitigating burnout.

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Elevating the status and prosperity of engineers and technologists
Hong emphasizes the importance of recognizing and fostering the success of engineers and technologists for Malaysia’s progress toward becoming a developed nation.

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Are we ready to elevate the quality standard of crude palm oil?

Hong believes that rather than reintroducing secondary oil into crude palm oil, risking contamination, we can now repurpose it for higher-value products. This ensures the quality of crude palm oil while increasing revenue for mill operators.

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Oil palm biomass, an underutilised resource

Hong views the introduction of the National Biomass Action Plan to be a crucial move in repurposing oil palm biomass. The unlocking of this resource offers significant economic benefits, job creation, and strengthens climate change mitigation efforts.

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Sustainable future for Malaysia’s palm oil industry
Hong advocates for embracing innovation, transparency, effective governance, and collaboration within the Malaysian palm oil sector to enhance its progress and ensure a sustainable and prosperous future.

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Broader strategy needed to tackle Malaysia’s talent problems

Hong suggests that by adopting a strategic and collaborative approach, Malaysia can not only address the talent deficit but also position itself as a center for skilled professionals, driving sustained economic growth and development.

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Fostering Innovation Ecosystems in the Palm Oil Industry: A Global Imperative
Hong emphasizes the need for collaboration among governments, industry players, and local communities to foster responsible innovation for a balanced and sustainable future in the palm oil sector.

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Vegetable oil collaboration for planetary health

Hong asserts that by collaboratively sharing knowledge, coordinating efforts, and unwaveringly committing to sustainability, the palm oil industry can generate a positive global impact.

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Navigating ESG in the palm oil industry: opportunities and challenges

Hong emphasizes that navigating ESG considerations offers leadership opportunities for the palm oil industry in responsible practices, stressing the need to bridge competency gaps, embrace technology, and foster collaboration for a sustainable future.

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A forward-thinking initiative for Malaysian palm oil industry
Hong shares the perspective that a forward-thinking initiative could raise harvesting to a recognized profession, effectively tackling the enduring labor challenges within the palm oil industry.

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Addressing the Discrepancy Between Engineering Graduates and Registered Professionals

Hong expressed the importance of reintroducing targeted awareness campaigns that highlight the necessity and significance of BEM registration for professional practice.

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Navigating the Future: Harnessing New Technologies for a Sustainable Palm Oil Industry
Hong asserts that advanced technology is leading the palm oil industry towards a future marked by efficiency, eco-friendly operations, and increased transparency in line with sustainability goals.

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2023

Model for global partnership
Hong explores the potential for Malaysia and Brazil to form a collaborative model in global sustainability, covering areas such as energy, environment, and climate change.

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Advances in Sustainable Palm Oil Milling Technologies: Enhancing Efficiency and Environmental Performance
Hong authored a book chapter that comprehensively explores present and emerging technologies in palm oil milling, highlighting their contribution to improving efficiency and addressing environmental considerations.

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Technologists’ Crucial Role In Ensuring The Acceptance Of Malaysia’s Palm Oil Industry

Hong sheds light on how technologists are propelling sustainability in the palm oil sector.

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Palm Oil and Circular Economy: Navigating the Path to Sustainable Production and Waste Management

Hong discusses how the palm oil sector is adopting circular economy principles to establish itself as a frontrunner in sustainability.

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Engineering is not a sunset profession in Malaysia (工程领域并非夕阳行业)

Hong share his perspective (in Chinese) that the field of engineering is not an industry in decline.

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What can the palm oil industry do differently in the next decades?

Hong delves into the future of the palm oil industry, exploring its potential within the sustainable bioeconomy.

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Getting serious about ESG in palm oil

Hong discusses the steps taken by the palm oil industry to embark on their ESG journeys and the noteworthy achievements they have made to date.

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UNLOCKING GREEN HYDROGEN POTENTIAL IN PALM OIL MILLS: A STEP TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY TRANSITION

Hong explores the potential of producing green hydrogen in palm oil mills by harnessing the plentiful biomass resources available, specifically the empty fruit bunches.

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DEPLOYING INNOVATION IN THE PALM OIL INDUSTRY

Hong recommends that the palm oil industry give priority to incorporating innovative solutions in order to maintain competitiveness in a dynamic market environment.

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Time to valorise oil palm biomass into ethanol

Hong shares his thoughts about the needs and possibility of valorising oil palm biomass into ethanol.

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Review on Carbon Footprint of the Palm Oil Industry: Insights into Recent Developments

Hong discusses not only the latest development of the palm oil milling operation and points of greenhouse gas emissions, but also current initiatives to improve carbon footprint in the mills.

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Biological Solutions: Catalyst for the Sustainability Transition of the Palm Oil Industry

Hong discusses how biological solutions can help to upgrade palm oil biomass, offer sustainable ways to produce platform chemicals and bio-based materials for a growing population, and reduce carbon emissions to battle the climate crisis.

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2022

Process Safety Leadership and Culture in the Palm Oil Milling Industry

Hong shows how the Principle of 3C can explain repeat accidents within the palm oil milling industry and introduces the four-level process safety culture to help the industry attain success in implementing process safety.

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How can biological solutions help accelerate the sustainability transition of the palm oil industry?

Hong shares his view on how biological solutions can help to upgrade palm oil biomass and reduce carbon emissions to battle the climate crisis.

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The Onset of Biotechnology Transformation in the Oil and Fat Industry

Hong shares his thoughts on how biotechnology could become a game-changing technology in sustainable oil and fat production.

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Are we ready to upgrade palm kernel cake?

Hong welcomes the suggestion by Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin that the Malaysian Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry will step up its efforts to promote the use of palm kernel waste as an animal feed for the poultry industry.

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Application of industry 4.0 disruption in the palm oil industry

Hong shares his thoughts about how the palm oil industry can be modernised through application of Industry 4.0.

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Misconception the real problem

What is it about the palm oil industry that many — except for those working in the industry — are hellbent on discrediting it?

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2021

We need True Leadership During the Pandemic

Hong talks about the need of true leadership in times of of uncertainty; especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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How the palm oil industry is transitioning to net-zero

Hong shares his thoughts about the net-zero transition of the palm oil industry.

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Using palm oil by-products to produce biofuels

Hong talks about the latest biological solution making the palm oil industry more sustainable.

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Malaysian palm oil industry needs fresh talents for successful transformation

Hong shares his thoughts about the improvement opportunities in the palm oil industry.

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Improving Sustainability of Palm Oil Production by Increasing Oil Extraction Rate: a Review

Hong jointly published a journal paper to review palm oil milling process.

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2020 and before

Palm oil processing – The forgotten career path for chemical engineers

Hong talks about career prospects in palm oil processing.

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Engineers needed for palm oil sector

Hong explains the needs of engineers in the palm oil industry.

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Palm Oil: Better with Enzymes

Hong explains how enzyme technology could make the palm oil industry greener and more efficient.

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Embracing Industry 4.0 in Palm Oil Milling

Why is it important for the palm oil milling industry to capitalise on the Industry 4.0?

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The needs of process safety management in palm oil industry

Hong elaborates the needs of process safety management in palm oil industry and proposes a generic process safety management framework which may be useful for palm oil industry. 

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A Bunch of Challenges

What can chemical engineers do to boost the efficiency of palm oil milling?

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ISO Certification Initiatives Prove the Commitment to Sustainability

Hong describes the certification of ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and MS 1722 proved the commitment to sustainability by forming guiding principle on Environment, Health and Safety management.

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